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July 2020

The contracts have been signed and construction is about to begin on the new fuel testing, metallurgy and non-destructive testing (NDT) centre. Brookes Bell Chief Technical Officer Ray Luukas, says: “This is an exciting next step, the contracts have been signed for the fit out, construction commences on 3 August and the building is scheduled to be completed – coronavirus permitting – on 23 October.

The New Normal Era.

During the last six months everyone has had to adapt to a new normal era, and it was a newsletter from JJ Marine Indonesia that reminded us of that. While some regions are now welcoming superyachts, others are still in varying degrees of lockdown and much of the Asia-Pacific region is still experiencing travel restrictions and hoping for better times soon...

Benetti Yachts collaboration with superyacht designers RWD have produced the B.Now 63, an outstanding yacht, not just for its exterior and interior design, but also for its short delivery times.The philosophy that underpins the B.NOW collection is ‘true luxury’, and this family of yachts with its steel hull and an aluminium superstructure, has streamlined exterior lines and a long vertical bow.

Duthie Lidgard (Jnr) was recently appointed as a partner and MD of Catalano Shipping Services (CSS) NZ. “I am thrilled to bring this international brand, with so much history and experience in yachting into NZ, particularly at this time when the international spotlight is shining on us”, said Lidgard.

Sanlorenzo represented by Simpson Marine is delighted to announce the sale of yet another Sanlorenzo SL102 Asymmetric to North Asia. The Asymmetric concept has proved to be a tremendous success worldwide pushing yacht design boundaries to their limits by a substantial change in the yacht’s visual dynamics with her full width body to port and exterior companionway maintained solely on the starboard side.

Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (GCCM) has now completed the construction of expansive new undercover hardstand areas with additional blasting and painting facilities to meet growing demand from 50ft-plus vessels.

Travel Cue has been organising regular charter flights to key ports in an outstanding humanitarian effort to bring seafarers home. In the past one month, Travel Cue has successfully organised in excess of 25 charter flights, moving more than 3000 passengers, to assist their clients and collaborate with key partners to bring seafarers home during these difficult times.

Mectra Synergy (M) Sdn Bhd have recently been appointed as an agent by Duramax Marine USA. Duramax Marine is the manufacturer of the world-renowned Johnson Cutlass bearing which has proven itself for years. No other water lubricated bearing is used in more vessels than the Johnson cutlass rubber bearing.

In June Colin Dawson wrote the first of a several part series, trying to answer some of the questions he is regularly asked by clients when discussing their insurance renewals. While no one wishes to have any increased costs anywhere, especially at present, the changes to the yacht insurance market were a long time coming after years of falling prices, increasing competition and large numbers of expensive claims. This article continues on with more insurance questions and answers…



Stranded at sea due to the COVID-19 crisis, 210 seafarers from 65 different vessels were successfully repatriated to their homes from Amsterdam (AMS) to Manila (MNL) on a chartered aircraft organized entirely by Global Marine Travel’s dedicated team of travel experts.

Amendments to the guidelines in respect of the Malta Yacht Leasing Arrangement (hiring of pleasure yachts). Over the years Malta has established itself as a leading jurisdiction for the maritime sector, as a very well-respected flag state and with access to many experienced professionals means Malta is now the go to-choice for yacht owners and their representatives.

On 15 July, the Islands of Tahiti  reopened their borders to foreign yachts and visitors.  Thanks to early measures taken by the government, and the collaborative effort of the local population, French Polynesia has only had a few active cases of COVID-19 with no casualties.

CEYCAT Yachts are leading the way in catamaran design and build in Sri Lanka, attracting interest throughout Asia and further afield. Designed and built for the tropical climate, it does very well across the tropical belt. CEYCAT revealed its newest design, which concentrates on personal space, with en-suite cabins catering for a safer and more enjoyable experience with the latest version featureing 8 cabins.

To all of our dear friends, clients and colleagues,

The team at JJ Marine Indonesia wishes that everyone, their families and loved ones are safe and stay well. We know things may be a little bit different right now, but we are still operating as usual, while doing our part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 by practicing physical distancing..


Australia remains open to all foreign superyachts and crew rotations. Many vessels continue to arrive in order to utilise the world class refit and maintenance facilities and outstanding skilled trades.  Australia has minimal cases of COVID-19 and is a safe place for yachts and crew.

Simpson Marine has always worked with the world’s leading sailing brands to bring our clients the best range of yachts and services on the market. We prioritise the value of skilled crew, so we are now partnering with Galileo Maritime Academy to give people the best maritime training services and deliver on all crew and training needs.

World-Class Facilities and Services 

The new marina at Lantau Yacht Club (LYC) is taking shape – phase 1 of the marina refurbishment is scheduled for completion in July, and the whole marina will be fully operational by the fourth quarter of this year. Highly anticipated by the yachting community, Lantau Yacht Club is the first new marina to open in Hong Kong in more than a decade.

You might think that the opportunity to take in some of the world’s most scenic cruising through the pristine waters of the Andaman Sea to Myanmar, the Philippines, the Anambas, East Malaysia and Indonesia would have made South East Asia a natural shoo-in as a charter-friendly superyacht destination long before now.

Stringent government regulations have posed a barrier for foreign-flagged charter growth in Thailand. However, as governments across ASEAN countries continue to explore the benefits of yacht chartering at the economic front, yacht chartering in Thailand could witness substantial growth.